Luke Owens and the committee behind Bendigo for Homeless Youth received the news yesterday that they have officially raised $70,000 of their $100,000 fundraising goal for a bricks and mortar Social Housing Project for homeless youth.
When Luke discovered a local 10 year old Bendigo child was sleeping out he was compelled to do something for homeless youth. Further research led Luke to discover that on any given night in Australia more than 44,500 people are homeless. Nearly half of these are under the age of 25. Surprisingly, there are over 700 children in Bendigo who don’t have a stable living environment; they just need a home.
Luke deferred uni for a year to commit himself to the project and combat this growing local issue. A group of Bendigo musicians combined their talents to write, record and release a charity album.
Combined with T-Shirt sales and other local fundraising efforts Luke and the team are just $30,000 away from their goal and would love to reach this in time for the New Year.
“We are calling on the local community to help these kids” Luke said. “Donations don’t need to be large. Every little bit helps to get us to our goal.”
On Sunday Luke and his team of volunteers will be selling CD’s and T Shirts at Community Carols Rosalind Park with the support of the Rotary Club Bendigo.
The album features Bendigo artists Albert Skipper, Leigh Turner, Taylor Sheridan, Rowden Kolone, Eliza DeAraugo, Penny Larkins, Talisa Jobe and Sheridan Parry; as well as 2010 Australia’s Got Talent finalists Cameron and Taylor Henderson and Tom Tuena. The album is available online and at local businesses around town.
Why not grab a meaningful last minute Christmas gift for the Family.
Donations can be made by the Bendigo for Homeless Youth website www.bendigoforhomelessyouth.com or call into any Bendigo Bank branch. Donations of $2 or over are tax-deductible.